Staged in the main upstairs gallery during an interim period whilst the exhibitions programme has been postponed, Ogunnaike has been invited to consider our main upstairs gallery at a time when it would have otherwise continued to be temporarily empty.
Taking trees as repositories of memory within the places and communities in which they grow, Ogunnaike cites wood as a marker of possible encounters; both past and present, between people and the spaces they inhabit. Interested in our composite identities, he presents the changing materiality of wood to expose residues of potential narrative, tracing a moment when a tree is uprooted from one geographical place to another; A story, which inextricably is linked to community, labour and the transaction of exchange.
Olu Ogunnaike is currently exhibiting in ‘Memory Game’, at Villa Lontana, Rome. The first episode from his film series ‘Drives’ was presented at Tate Modern, London as part of ‘ELC TV Dinner Episode III’. Solo exhibitions include ‘Nutrition for the Next’, at Jupiter Woods, London, (2018) and Let Me Just Put My Face On, Greatorex, London (2016) with selected group exhibitions in 2018 including ‘...and their tooth, finest gold’, Les Urbaines, Espace Arlaud, Lausanne, ‘The Share of Opulence;Doubled; Fractional’, Sophie Tappenier, Vienna, ‘Le Colt est Jeune & Haine’, Doc, Paris and ‘The Way Things Run: Loose Ends Don’t Tie’, PS120, Berlin. Ogunnaike participated in the residency programme ‘Formerly Called’ at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge in 2018 and ‘The Conch’, South London Gallery in 2017.